The Part Design development course is structured to improve one’s ability to design for manufacturability as well as for performance over the products life span based on its operating environment.

Course Highlights:

  • Key performance characteristics of amorphous and semi-crystalline materials
  • Molecular weight and its effect on performance properties
  • Crystallinity and its effect on material properties
  • Classifications of plastic shrinkage
  • Advantages & disadvantages of common part design guidelines
  • The impact the part design has on mold complexity and cost
  • Understanding mechanical properties of stress, strain, modulus
  • Understanding time dependent behavior of creep, stress relaxation, and fatigue
  • Understanding environmental impacts of temperature and moisture
  • In class application exercises: snap fits, press fits, and beams.
  • Estimating part costs

The course begins with a review of fundamental plastic material characteristics, including shrink and warp that are important to understanding the complexities of both mechanical and dimensional performance. Then the course will review the most common plastic part design guidelines and reveal the purpose of each, so that the designer understands the consequences of abiding by, or deviating from, the guidelines. Next, comes designing for mechanical performance which covers the usual topics of stress, strain, and modulus, before delving deeper to explore the impact that time, temperature, moisture, and stress concentrations have on the final part. Practical applications, including snap fits, press fits, and beams are incorporated into the material to bolster the student’s opportunity for learning. The course will be closed out with a discussion on the key aspects of part cost estimation and will include methods for quickly evaluating cost based on the performance properties of different materials. After all, its not just the cost per pound of the material, there are many other factors that should be considered.



There may be grant funding available to help you pay for our Development Courses. Learn more.

Date Location Price Quantity View Cart
Apr 03 - 04, 2019 Erie, Pennsylvania $1,300.00 (USD)
Aug 07 - 08, 2019 Erie, Pennsylvania $1,300.00 (USD)
Nov 06 - 07, 2019 Charlotte, North Carolina $1,575.00 (USD)
Dec 05 - 06, 2019 Erie, Pennsylvania $1,300.00 (USD)


Erie, PA:

AIM Institute’s headquarters
6100 West Ridge Road
Erie, PA 16506

Charlotte, NC:

Polymers Center
8900 Research Drive
Charlotte, NC 28262


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